Saudi government warns Mecca pilgrims of coronavirus
Millions of Muslims go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year. The Saudi Ministry of Health is warning of the dangerous corona virus this year and is calling on elderly people, pregnant women, children and people with chronic illnesses to postpone the hajj to another year.
Especially in the Arab region According to the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO), 45 people have died from the novel corona virus, which has been known since summer 2012. A total of 81 cases of illness have been registered worldwide, the majority of them in Saudi Arabia, where the first death occurred in June 2012. Other infections have been reported from Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and the infection has also spread to other countries via patients from this region. According to the Robert Koch Institute, there have been two cases in Germany so far, one of which was fatal. The corona virus has also been detected in other European countries, such as France.
Danger to the whole world The MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus), which is related to the SARS virus, triggers flu-like symptoms and can lead to kidney failure and severe pneumonia. The virus is assessed by the WHO as a “danger to the whole world”. So far, neither the original source of infection has been clarified, nor how it is transmitted. However, one can conclude from the previous cases of infection that the novel corona virus can also be passed on from person to person.
Further vaccinations recommended The Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, along with fasting in Ramadan, is one of the so-called five pillars of Islam and leads millions to Saudi Arabia every year. Mecca pilgrims are advised to get vaccinated against meningitis and to prove this upon entry. In addition, vaccinations against flu and polio are recommended. During the pilgrimage in October, the faithful are required to wash their hands regularly with soap and to use a handkerchief when coughing and sneezing. If there is a crowd, a mouthguard is recommended. (ad)
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